Patricia McBride and Balanchine Influence | February 21, 2013


An Introduction to the Chautauqua School of Dance 2018  


Daniel Ulbricht on Chautauqua Dance 2019  


School of Dance Performance Highlights 2018  


A day in the life of a School of Dance student | November 3, 2011


The Chautauqua Experience for Male Dancers | January 7, 2013


Chautauqua School of Dance Program Overview | November 3, 2011


The Making of a Dancer, Chautauqua School of Dance | February 3, 2016


Dance Costume Department | November 3, 2011


School of Dance Highlights | December 1, 2011

Artists from around the world come to Chautauqua each summer for a unique learning experience. Part of that experience is becoming part of the CHQ community. School Performing and Visual Arts students and emerging professionals live in our dorms side-by-side with others studying music, art, voice and dance – all forming relationships that last a lifetime. The School handbook is required reading prior to arrival. Transportation information, details of our housing and meal plans, CHQ Connections program, and work-study opportunities are available upon acceptance into the program.

Patricia McBride is one of five to receive Kennedy Center Honors in 2014, joining Al Green, Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin and Sting. Continuing a career that spans more than six decades, McBride now serves as associate artistic director of the Charlotte Ballet and as master teacher at Chautauqua Institution's School of Dance.

Chautauqua Connections

One way to become involved in the dance program at CHQ is by becoming a member of “Chautauqua Connections” which sponsors Festival and Apprentice dancers. Dancers (usually in pairs) are connected with sponsors who provide non-financial support along with a home cooked meal, a batch of cookies, a listening ear and having a “special fan” at performances. Information will be sent to enrolled students in the Spring. Contact Susan Helm at or 502.897.3870 for more information.

Chautauqua Dance Circle

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The Chautauqua Dance Circle enables Chautauquans to support the Chautauqua Institution program of dance, provide scholarships to exceptional students and energize all enthusiasts of dance.

2019 Chautauqua Dance Circle Brochure

Join the fun :: Dance Circle Membership

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Choreographic Workshop/MFSO Collaboration

Forest Bethany Latham and Alex CarrazzoneA unique collaborative program pairing the advanced students of Chautauqua Dance with students of the Chautauqua School of Music (voice & instrumental.)  It allows young musicians an opportunity to perform solo & chamber repertoire, and work in a creative relationship with other artists in a dance performance.  This performance takes place at 4pm on Friday of week seven.  Aside from standard repertoire, there is also a possibility for musicians to perform their own original compositions.

Photo: Stelth Ng